Stout Brothers Irish Pub & Restaurant
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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is alright. I was expecting more from it when I was told about it. I kinda got my hopes up that they would have more than just guinness, which is why I only gave it a 2.5 for selection. The atmosphere was great though. Its located right in the heart of beautiful downtown Santa Rosa. Irish music mixed with an irish type look of the decor really gave it that feel. It added that the downstairs area around the bar was packed full of loud drinkers! The food was prodominantly American from what I could tell, with a few dips into other types. That said though, the food was great. The service was good, nice servers that explained the food well. This is a decent place if your just looking for a regular beer and a pretty cool place to eat with the family. I'd recommend it, but not to people looking for interesting microbrews on tap. (Try Russian River just 2 blocks down the street for beer selection) Enjoy!
11-10-2009 01:12:16 | More by Psyopticon
3.35/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is ok, but it's more for Coors-Light-drinking party-goers looking for others, people who just want to look "cool" drinking something "different," or hanging out, rather than really exploring beer.
The place is decked out in a pseudo-traditional Anglo-Irish pub style. It's fairly attractive, with some bare brick walls (which this place has always had in the various businesses that occupied the sport before), a good locaiton in the heart of downtown, and patio seating. However, most people give the impression of just being there to drink whatever, look cool, or scout for others and this really rubs off on the atmosphere. One doesn't get the feeling that employees or patrons really care or know about either food or beer.
The service is generally good, though. It's usually pretty efficient and friendly.
The beer selection includes about 10 on tap and a dozen or more in the bottle. The tap beers are pretty standard, at least for an English or Irish pub, with Guinness, Harp, Murphy's, Boddington's, Newcastle, and none of the better, less-common UK beers one might find at Toad-in-the-Hole on the other side of the freeway or in some pubs in Sacramento, SF, etc. Domestic beers are limited to the ubiquitous Lagunitas IPA and Blue Moon plus the "Stout Brothers Pale Ale," which tastes a lot like Lagunitas IPA. Bottles beers are similarly basic, the one standout being bombers of Santa Cruz beers (which to me aren't that good, anyway). Part of me wants to givwe a lower rating for beer quality and selection because it is so unimaginitive and filled with so many stock, basic beers readily available, but the reality is that, all things considerd, this really is a straight average selection.
Food is not bad, but not great. It is mostly American pub/bar food with some pseudo-Irish cuisine.
After a few tries, I see no reason to go here with so many far better places to drink beer and/or eat food within a short walk in any direction. For cask beer, good British beer, and generally an interesting range of rotating choices, I go to Toad in the Hole and for good local beer, I go to Russian River, Third Street Aleworks, Flavor, or Sweet Spot, all a short walk away.
05-07-2009 17:15:02 | More by Offa
Stout Brothers Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Rosa, CA
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.